29 days in France Itinerary

29 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Paris CDG, Train to Bayeux
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Bayeux
— 5 nights
Drive
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Saint-Malo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Azay-le-Rideau
— 2 nights
Drive
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Clermont-Ferrand
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Rocamadour
— 2 nights
Drive
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 2 nights
Fly
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Bonifacio, Corsica
— 2 nights
Fly
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Arles
— 3 nights
Fly
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La Rochelle
— 3 nights
Drive
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Biarritz
— 3 nights
Fly

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Bayeux — 5 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Get some cultural insight at Pointe du Hoc and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach. Let the collections at Airborne Museum and Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bayeux: Honfleur (Vieux Bassin, Saint Catherine's Catholic Church, &more) and D-Day Experience (Dead Man's Corner museum) (in Saint-Come-du-Mont). There's still lots to do: witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, brush up on your military savvy at Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame, and see the interesting displays at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Bayeux holiday planning site.

New York City, USA to Bayeux is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. In August, Bayeux is a bit cooler than New York City - with highs of 73°F and lows of 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Malo.
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Saint-Malo — 3 nights

Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Centre Historique and Fort La Latte - Chateau de la Roche Goyon. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Pointe du Grouin and Les Remparts de Dinan. Step out of Saint-Malo to go to Plevenon and see Cap Fréhel, which is approximately 50 minutes away. There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Promenade du Clair de Lune, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint-Malo Cathedral, indulge your taste buds at Marche aux Huitres, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage du Sillon.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Saint-Malo trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Bayeux to Saint-Malo in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. In August in Saint-Malo, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Azay-le-Rideau.
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Azay-le-Rideau — 2 nights

As the center of the Touraine Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) for the Loire Valley, Azay-le-Rideau produces dry, white wines and red wines rich in tannins.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of La Forteresse de Montbazon and then admire the natural beauty at Chateau de Villandry. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Chateau de Langeais, then explore the historical opulence of Château de l'Islette, and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Azay-le-Rideau visit planner.

You can drive from Saint-Malo to Azay-le-Rideau in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daytime highs in Azay-le-Rideau are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can go by car to Clermont-Ferrand.
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Find places to stay Aug 25 — 27:

Clermont-Ferrand — 3 nights

France's Liverpool

Famous for its chain of extinct volcanoes surrounding Clermont-Ferrand includes the highest Puy-de-Dôme volcano only 13 km (8 mi) from its city center.
Step off the beaten path and head to Puy-de-Dome Volcano and Chateau de Murol. Get some historical perspective at Cathedrale Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption and Chateau de Tournoel. Step out of Clermont-Ferrand to go to Besse-et-Saint-Anastaise and see Lac Pavin, which is approximately 58 minutes away. There's more to do: see the interesting displays at L'Aventure Michelin and look for all kinds of wild species at Volcano Park of Lemptegy.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Clermont-Ferrand vacation builder app.

Traveling by car from Azay-le-Rideau to Clermont-Ferrand takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. August in Clermont-Ferrand sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 57°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Rocamadour.
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Rocamadour — 2 nights

Balcony of the Dordogne Valley

Rocamadour is only accessible by one road leading into the port town built on the face of a cliff with a large number of buildings cantilevered over the edge.
On the 31st (Wed), Head underground at Grottes de Lacave, identify plant and animal life at Rocher des Aigles, and then look for all kinds of wild species at La Foret des Singes. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Chemin de Halage, then explore the fascinating underground world of Grotte du Pech-Merle, and then steep yourself in history at Cite Religieuse.

To find maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Rocamadour online trip builder.

You can drive from Clermont-Ferrand to Rocamadour in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In August in Rocamadour, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can drive to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.
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Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 1:

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Castelnaud, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Beynac, and then admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins de Marqueyssac. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Milandes, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Catholique Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption, and then see the interesting displays at Musee du Patrimoine Agricole et Automobile de Salviac.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Castelnaud-la-Chapelle trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Rocamadour to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in September, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Bonifacio.
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Bonifacio, Corsica — 2 nights

At the southernmost tip of the island of Corsica, Bonifacio is a city with chalk-white limestone outcrops sculpted into unusual shapes by the ocean.
On the 4th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Iles Lavezzi, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Petit Sperone, and then make a trip to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Bonifacio Citadel, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Grottes de Bonifacio.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Bonifacio trip maker site.

Traveling by flight from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Bonifacio takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, train, ferry, and bus. Traveling from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in September, expect Bonifacio to be a bit warmer, temps between 82°F and 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can fly to Arles.
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Arles — 3 nights

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes and Site Archeologique de Glanum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée and Amphitheatre (les Arenes). Change things up with these side-trips from Arles: Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau (in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer), Chateau des Baux de Provence (in Les Baux de Provence) and Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole (in Saint-Remy-de-Provence). It doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise St-Trophime and explore the world behind art at Musee Departemental Arles Antique.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Arles travel route builder app.

Getting from Bonifacio to Arles by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. While traveling from Bonifacio, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Arles, ranging from highs of 77°F to lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to fly to La Rochelle.
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La Rochelle — 3 nights

White City

Driving on the narrow streets can be difficult in La Rochelle so walking or biking will give you the best view of the pale stone buildings that give the Vieux Port, or old port, a distinctly Mediterranean quality.
Appreciate the collections at Musee Le Bunker de La Rochelle and Musee des Commerces d'Autrefois. Visit Phare des Baleines and Château de Talmont for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from La Rochelle: Quartier de l'Ile de Penotte (in Les Sables-d'Olonne) and Musee du Chocolat (in La Roche-sur-Yon). And it doesn't end there: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Chatelaillon, and contemplate the waterfront views at Vieux Port.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our La Rochelle travel route planner.

Getting from Arles to La Rochelle by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. When traveling from Arles in September, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in La Rochelle: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Biarritz.
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Find places to stay Sep 8 — 11:

Biarritz — 3 nights

A popular holiday destination with world-class surfing, Biarritz has interesting coastal rock formations and stellar waves that make this luxurious seaside town popular with tourists and surfers alike.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste and Phare de Biarritz. Discover out-of-the-way places like La Cote des Basques and Basque Museum (Musee Basque). Go for a jaunt from Biarritz to Hendaye to see Plage d'Hendaye about 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: stop by L'Atelier du Piment, get engrossed in the history at Villa Arnaga, and take some stellar pictures from Rocher de la Vierge.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Biarritz trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from La Rochelle to Biarritz takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Biarritz are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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France travel guide

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France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.
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